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The Gift

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

I grew up in a family that had the funds for necessities, but nothing for extras. For our birthdays, we never received a gift; we had only a cake. Mother wrapped coins and placed them in between layers of the cake. Each of us always hoped … Read more

The Unappreciated Christmas Gift

Sunday, December 15, 2019

One Christmas in my youth, I received an artist's easel, a pad of large newsprint paper the exact size needed for the easel, and water colours, complete with brushes. This gift was likely expensive and would have given me hours of … Read more

Be On The Lookout

Friday, December 6, 2019

Do you ever wonder how many spiritually lost people you pass each day? It was December 2018. I needed to run to the store to finish Christmas shopping. I felt a strong urge to grab a tract and a coupon that I had just received in the … Read more

Cutting Down Trees

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Recently, my husband and a friend were outside cutting down trees on our property. The area where we live is surrounded by many maple trees and silver birches. Unfortunately, many of the birch trees are dead and need to be taken down. They … Read more

Titanic Pride And The Cross

Friday, April 14, 2017

Today marks 105 years since the sinking of the Titanic. On April 14th, 1912, this "unsinkable" ship met its fate in the Atlantic Ocean. Then 100 years later, on January 13, 2012, the cruise ship, Costa Concordia, met its fate in the … Read more

Out Of The Mouth Of Babes

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Last summer, my daughter, her husband and their young family travelled through Washington State, USA, on their way to Yellowstone Park. They stopped in a little Bavarian-themed town called Leavenworth, to look around. One of the stores … Read more

I Stole Watermelons Only Once

Monday, October 17, 2016

The young person sat before me and said, "I stole watermelons only once." I don't recall even nodding before the rest of the story came out: A group of us young people went in a car to large fields known for their watermelon patches. … Read more

What Is Our Truth?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Recently, I attended a tent revival meeting, and the evangelist made a statement that really surprised me. To paraphrase, he said that he doesn't concern himself about the contentious issues between the church and the world. The Bible is … Read more

Attitude Adjustment

Friday, April 22, 2016

I have an interesting application on my cell phone that tracks my driving habits. It's for my insurance company, which sold me on it by saying that it could save me "up to 25 percent" on my vehicle insurance, which would be really neat! As … Read more

How to Live? How to Die?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

There is really only one answer: I do palliative care at our local nursing home. I sit with dying patients, both those who are peaceful and those who are frightened. I offer to pray with each of them. If they answer "yes", I pray aloud … Read more

The Relief

Saturday, April 2, 2016

The other day when I was tramping through the brush to untangle one of the horses' stake lines, I found myself heaving such a sigh of pleasure and relief. Why? Because we don't have any type of snake in the far north. It's just too cold … Read more

Enjoy Life

Friday, February 12, 2016

Recently, I participated in a wonderful funeral service. That may sound weird, but it turned out to be a joyous celebration of a life lived well. The person concerned was a very gentle, humble, kind man, who touched the hearts and lives … Read more

The Dead Tree

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

There is a huge, dead tree leaning precariously beside the path where I walk each day. The tree has been dead for a very long time. Its trunk is naked and bleached by the elements, and its branches, stripped of all foliage, creak and … Read more

The Happy Ending

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ah, it's Christmas movie time once again, and how I love the collection we have compiled over the years: comedies, dramas, and musicals — so many, in fact, that we can watch a different one almost every evening during the Advent season. … Read more

The Greatest Love Ever

Monday, December 1, 2014

With race riots, government oppression, radicalized terrorists, horrific new diseases, and financial meltdowns, today's world is in as much darkness as it was 2000 years ago, and as it was before that, when people were hoping for a … Read more

The Biohazard

Friday, November 7, 2014

At work, there is a white pail with a large red and black label which reads, BIOHAZARD. Sharps, gloves, clothes, and other items which have come into contact with contaminated or infectious people or things must be placed in this pail … Read more

The Italian Market

Monday, September 1, 2014

When I was a young boy, my grandfather often took me to Ninth Street in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, popularly known as The Italian Market. Vendors would openly sell meat, poultry, fish, fruit, vegetables, and especially … Read more

Real Freedom

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Fourth of July is celebrated in the United States to commemorate the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. On July 4th, flags of red, white, and blue known as "Old Glory" or "the … Read more

The Ayes Have It

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Eye surgery. It seems like every time we turn around, someone is having it: eye surgery for their cataracts. I surgery. It seems like every time we turn around, someone ought to get it: I surgery for their selfish attitude. With eye … Read more

Temptations And Choices

Friday, October 18, 2013

Soft music was playing in the background as I was writing in my journal. It had been a while since my last entry. Again, my writing had been put on the back burner, and I found myself wanting to get back into writing and meditation again. … Read more

Christianity For Dummies

Saturday, August 24, 2013

There are a lot of For Dummies books available. We have a few of them around our house: – Guitar for DummiesDigital Photography for DummiesScrapbooking for DummiesGPS for DummiesPCs for Dummies I must say that … Read more

Among My Treasures

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Among my treasures I have a letter.

The letter is from a lady who was the young wife of a student minister. I was a very young teacher when I received it, and had been home for a weekend or two when the young couple was ministering in … Read more

The Kissed Hand

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I was invited to join a family for a birthday supper. When we were all seated, a little toddler in his highchair stretched out his chubby arm to the centre of the table and stuck his fingers into the frothy … Read more

Free Indeed!

Monday, August 22, 2011

"We're emancipated; we're liberated; we're in control, don't worry." These confident utterances are arising from young adolescent girls trying to console worried adults, according to a Maclean's magazine article, "Outraged Moms, Trashy Daughters" (August 16, 2010). The article expresses a … Read more

The Power Of God's Lavish Grace

Thursday, July 28, 2011

"We are most truly human, most fully ourselves, most profoundly free when we live in response to God's grace." – Migliore One day while visiting a school, I noticed an unhappy grade six boy sitting outside the French classroom. This … Read more

Pardoned

Sunday, June 26, 2011

This past winter, I went to a long-term care facility to feed an elderly lady five or six times a week. The family that usually goes to feed her twice a day went on vacation for two months. This long-term … Read more

Sin's Senselessness

Sunday, May 1, 2011

At fifty years of age, there are many things I still don't understand any more than I did when I was younger. For example, a tornado rips through a heavily populated area, killing innocent people and instantly destroying possessions that … Read more

What Controls You?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Controlling and controlled — both have the same root word, but entirely different results. Type A personalities are usually the first and Type B the latter. I've known both in my lifetime, and I'm not sure which I would rather … Read more

Appreciation

Monday, January 3, 2011

We own a small holiday trailer that we keep in our driveway during the spring and summer months. That way, it is handy to hook onto and use whenever we choose to do so. Once fall comes, though, we don't … Read more

The Indescribable Gift

Friday, December 3, 2010

This Scripture verse regarding God's indescribable gift has been written on every card my sister has sent or given to me my whole life — not just at Christmas, but on other occasions as well. I have often wondered what … Read more

A Display of Faithfulness

Friday, April 16, 2010

What a delightful season we are entering! Robins return home and tiny crocuses poke their little heads up through the warming earth, even amidst the last bit of clinging snow. Baby ducklings follow mama duck, curiously turning to and fro, … Read more

Tire Tracks In The Snow

Friday, January 9, 2009

For those of us in northern climes, a snowfall in winter is a common sight. Everyone has a different way of dealing with snow. One winter, I was very lazy, and never cleared away any of the snow that fell … Read more

The Intangible Gift From God

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My Christmas gifts while growing up were small, but very meaningful. In a family of nine children, there were no elaborate gifts. Back then, we were not into the age of technology, so our parents did not have that challenge … Read more

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